Not a whole lot happening locally this weekend as the last month of summer comes to an end. I'll be packing my bags and heading out to NY with running mate Paul Y. for the GLER 50K.
Saturday Aug 29th - Thomas Chamberas 6K XC Race, Carlisle MA - This is race #10 in the Eastern New England Trail Race Series and is run on the grounds of Great Brook Farm State Park . It's eveything you expect in a cross-county race; dirt, grass, hills and even a cornfield. The race attracts all levels of competitors from first-time cross-country runners all the way up to Olympic trials qualifiers and other top-ranked local runners.
Sunday Aug 30th - Green Lakes Endurance Runs 50K & 100K, Fayetteville, NY - The 12.5 km course has a varied trail surface. Two ascents and one long descent traverse the upland forest. These steep shaded trails have some roots, ruts, and stones. The trails in the upper meadows are mostly dirt, grass, rolling, and unshaded. The meadows are referred to by the locals as the Serengeti. Each lap's 5 km of running in the Serengeti can make for a challenging summer ultra if Mother Nature offers a warm sunny day. The lake trails are shaded, have a few roots and are generally flat. Overall, the course lends itself to quick running without technical hikes.